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(J.R.H. 32)

Offered by: Representatives Maslack of Poultney, Angell of Randolph, Bouricius of Burlington, Brooks of Montpelier, Corren of Burlington, Crawford of Burke, Darrow of Dummerston, Deen of Westminster, Deuel of West Rutland, Dunne of Hartland, Emmons of Springfield, Fox of Essex, Freed of Dorset, Fyfe of Newport City, Heath of Westford, Helm of Castleton, Houston of Ferrisburg, Hudson of Lyndon, Keenan of St. Albans City, Kehler of Pomfret, Kinsey of Craftsbury, Kitzmiller of Montpelier, Kreitzer of Rutland City, LaBarge of Grand Isle, Lafayette of Burlington, Larocque of Barnet, Little of Shelburne, Maslack of Poultney, McNamara of Burlington, Milkey of Brattleboro, Nuovo of Middlebury, Palmer of Pownal, Paquin of Fairfax, Parizo of Essex, Peaslee of Guildhall, Pembroke of Bennington, Perry of Richford, Poirier of Barre City, Pugh of South Burlington, Rivero of Milton, Robb of Swanton, Schiavone of Shelburne, Seibert of Norwich, Sheltra of Derby, Starr of Troy, Steele of Waterbury, Sullivan of Burlington, Sweetser of Essex, Towne of Berlin, Valsangiacomo of Barre City, Vincent of Waterbury, Waite of Pawlet, Westman of Cambridge, Willett of St. Albans City, Wisell of Bristol and Wood of Brandon.

Whereas, Michael (Mike) DeBonis was a gentle and kind person who was much beloved by the residents of Poultney where he resided his entire life, and

Whereas, as one of ten children, he performed his share of chores on the family farm, but Mike's real love was baseball, which he played with great enthusiasm as part of a hay truck traveling team of players from three families, and

Whereas, his love of baseball led in 1957 to his cofounding the Poultney Little League with which he was actively involved for many years, and

Whereas, professionally, Mike DeBonis worked for nearly a quarter of a century for the U.S. Soil Conservation Service and, until his death, managed his own business, the DeBonis Landscaping Service, and

Whereas, Mike followed a family tradition of civic participation, having served on both the Poultney Zoning Board and Planning Commission, and as the town's zoning administrator, and

Whereas, he succeeded his brother Dan as Poultney's representative to the General Assembly, serving with distinction for a decade, and

Whereas, as the House's elder statesman, his eagerly anticipated daily motion of adjournment became his personal hallmark, and

Whereas, he was devotedly married for 56 years to his adoring wife Barbara and they were the proud parents of two daughters and a son, grandparents of six children and great-grandparents of three children, and

Whereas, the members of both legislative chambers were truly saddened to learn of Mike's passing, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly warmly remembers former Representative Michael DeBonis who was much admired by his legislative colleagues and many friends in Poultney, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Barbara DeBonis.